DATES: Oct 4th – 19th, 2002
TIMES: M-F 12-6, Sa 10-6, Th 12-10
LOCATION: Penn Field, Bldg C
ADDRESS: 3601 S. Congress (map)
ADMISSION: Free admission
MEMBER PREVIEW: Oct 3rd, 6-8pm
(Reinhild Beuther will speak about her work)
PUBLIC OPENING: Oct 3rd, 8-10pm
(complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres)
- Sue de Beer (New York, NY)
Short film + digital prints
- Paul M. Smith (London, UK)
Short film + photographic prints
- Reinhild Beuther (Gloucester, UK)
Lightboxes with inkjet prints
- Tommy Mintz (Astoria, NY)
About the Exhibit
Artists have often used art to examine themselves, their own experience and their identity. In the 21st century, thanks largely to digital technology, identity has become more fluid, more slippery than ever before. Because so much of digital technology is used to represent people (as recorded voices, images, video or text), it allows people to alter their identity, from touching up visual blemishes to posing as a completely fabricated character. The permeance of digital technology has made identity tweaking a national pastime: computers have been a mask for felons, a vanity for the narcissistic, and a costume shop for the adolescent. The technology to control identity is not just trapped in cyberspace, either: it also facilitates the alteration of the ultimate image, our bodies. And while computers bestow greater accuracy and control to plastic surgeons, they also grant a new set of eyes for neuroscientists and geneticists who, too, are undermining traditional notions of “person” and “self.”
In Identity Paradox, we feature four contemporary artists who use digital technology to examine the fluidity of identities, their own and others’. They represent their subjects as fractured, or malleable, or mercurial, or compound. They have chosen digital technology as the family of tools which can best express the structure and spirit of their ideas. But the artists in this exhibit also comment on the way digital technology has flared, perhaps frayed, the concept of identity in the new millennium. Identity Paradox addresses the evolution of identity by revealing the lies, and the truth, in the image.
Sue de Beer
Sue de Beer is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) from Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University in 1998. De Beer uses staged videos, photographs, and performances to examine how the media effects our perception of the natural. Her work was recently shown in a solo exhibition at the Sandroni Rey Gallery in Los Angeles, and one of her pieces was selected for inclusion in the Altoid’s collection of Curiously Strong Art.
This exhibit will feature three works that span several years and stand out as having a special connection. In her film Making Out with Myself, de Beer expands on the idea of narcissism and depicts the awkward intimacy of self-love. De Beer describes Twins as a “depiction of an impossible situation, a companion who is not an other; a state of pure completion, the strength and horror of desire without fear.” And in Two Girls, she explores the grotesque notion of giving birth to herself.
Paul M. Smith
Paul M. Smith uses digital methods to manipulate photographs. Seemingly realistic, his scenes include fanciful elements that render the images awkward and absurd. His photographs are part of the Saatchi Collection and among numerous awards he has been short listed for the prestigious Citibank Photography Prize. He is represented by the Robert Sandelson Gallery.
This exhibit will feature Paul’s Robbie Williams series. In it, he creates archetypal scenes of soccer, but has portrayed pop star Robbie Williams as every player. For example, Robbie is shown playing soccer with himself and carrying himself out on a stretcher. In his short film My Round, Paul depicts a typical frat boys’ night out, but he is drinking with himself four times over.
Reinhild Beuther is fascinated with the overlapping of human faces and bodies, especially those of related individuals. She is a founding member of the artNucleus artist organization. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Focal Point Gallery near London.
This exhibit will feature Reinhild’s Beholden series and the piece Silent Night. In the Beholden series, she shows composite portraits of her own family, and discovers striking similarities between the structures of the faces but with varying forms of expression. The work consists of four large-scale lightboxes and a video piece. In Silent Night, a couple’s sleeping images are overlaid, exposing depth to their relationship.
Tommy Mintz creates what he calls images of observation. His photographs strive to help others notice and remember their surroundings. By compositing together photographs of people moving through an urban scene, he shows subjects at multiple instances simultaneously. Mintz explains further: “I shoot multiple images of my surroundings and combine them to create single images that encompass multiple moments, observations of the ephemeral in everyday, memories of being.” Tommy is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he had several solo exhibitions.
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Exhibition Series is focused on presenting digital art in a gallery setting. More info →